Midget Rockets 1-1 at Mac's

Dylan Sedlacek (left), of the Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs fights for the puck against Colby Elmer of the Kelowna Junior Rockets Saturday at the Civic Arena. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Dylan Sedlacek (left), of the Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs fights for the puck against Colby Elmer of the Kelowna Junior Rockets Saturday at the Civic Arena.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The Okanagan Rockets were 1-1 after Thursday action in the 35th Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Hockey Tournament in Calgary.

Forwards Dennon Leibel and Spencer Hewson of Vernon are on the Major Midget Rockets’ roster.

The Okanagan entry battles the Saskatoon Contacts at noon today and finish preliminary play Sunday versus the UFA Bisons of Calgary.

The Rockets opened the tournament on Boxing Day with a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. Troy Sutherland scored twice for Carolina.

The Rockets bounced back by shutting down the Lethbridge Pronghorns 3-0 Thursday morning at Father David Bauer Arena.

Vernon Viper prospect Alex Gran is playing defence for the Rockets. There is a field of 25 teams.

The Watkin Motors Mustangs started flat and finished strong in a 5-1 Okanagan Mainline Tier 1 Pee Wee League loss to the Kelowna Jr Rockets Saturday at Civic Arena.

Visions of sugarplums kept a spirited effort at bay though momentary sparks were evident throughout the tilt. The lone Vernon goal came in the second period on a solo effort by Mika Burns.

The Mustangs are in a Christmas break tournament in West Kelowna this weekend.

The Valley Wood Venom improved to 12-0 in Atom Development league action by stopping the Kelowna Legends 4-1.

Jacob Boden sparked the Venom with 2+1,  while Cameron Moger and Jakob Jones each added 1+1. Owen Swiscoski and Kobe Grant were both stellar in net.

The  Vernon Timbits Challenge Novice tourney opens today with six House teams and six Tiered teams.

The Vernon Royals tangle with the Vernon Wild Blades in House play (8 a.m.) at Civic Arena, followed by a Tiered tilt at 9:05 a.m. between the Vernon Panthers and Kamloops Coyotes, also at Civic.



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